Whether you’re thinking about revamping your entire home or just a part of it, it’s very helpful to plan ahead and create a checklist of all the steps you’ll need to take to get it done. Thorough preparation helps streamline the process, keeps you organized, and ensures that no detail is overlooked.
In this blog post, the experts at Meridian DesignBuild, Ltd. will walk you through the steps of whole home remodeling, from the initial planning stages to the post-renovation clean-up.
Preparing for Whole Home Remodeling
Before charging head-first into a remodel, the first thing you’ll need to do is determine the scope of your project. Are you looking to update a few rooms or the entire house? Your answer will significantly impact your budget and timeline.
Speaking of budget, it’s essential to set one early on. Factor in the cost of materials and labor as well as unexpected expenses that might arise (most contractors recommend adding 10 to 20%).
Also, plan your timeline. While it can be tempting to want everything done immediately, remember that good work takes time. Most whole home remodeling takes anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks — and sometimes longer for more complex or extensive projects.
Deciding when and why to hire a contractor can make or break your whole home remodeling project. A contractor coordinates the entire project, hires and supervises subcontractors, secures permits, and ensures that everything is up to code.
When looking for a contractor, take the time to find someone reliable, trustworthy, and qualified. Check their credentials, ask for references, and verify their experience. Once you’ve selected a contractor, discuss your plan with them. They can provide valuable input and help refine your ideas based on practical considerations. They may even be able to find ways to save you money.
Designing and Planning
An architect or designer can help transform your ideas into action. They’ll work with you to develop a detailed plan that aligns with your vision while considering critical factors such as structural integrity and building codes.
When it comes to choosing materials and finishes, consider not only aesthetics but also durability and maintenance requirements. Your designer or contractor can guide you in making informed decisions.
Permits and Paperwork
Permits are typically required for significant remodeling work to ensure everything is safe and up to code. Check with your local municipality about which permits are needed for your project.
Applying for permits can be a complex process – another reason why hiring a professional can be beneficial. They’re familiar with the process and can handle this task on your behalf.
Remember to ask about insurance and warranties. These protect you from any damages or issues that might occur during the remodel.
When working with a licensed contractor, they will handle all permits and paperwork for you. They have the knowledge and experience to ensure each permit needed is obtained and all paperwork is signed.
Living Arrangements During Whole Home Remodeling
Prepare yourself for disruption; remodeling isn’t a quiet or clean process. You might need to set up a temporary living space away from the construction.
Contractors will need you to remove furniture and other belongings from each room that’s being renovated. If your home doesn’t have enough storage space, you may need to rent an offsite storage unit during the remodeling activities.
Coping with noise and dust is part of the process, too. You might want to consider staying somewhere else during the most disruptive phases of the remodel.
Stages of the Remodel
The first stage of any renovation work is demolition — out with the old before in with the new! After demolition comes the structural build-out, where walls are moved or built, and rooms start taking shape.
Next comes systems installation, where plumbing, electrical wiring, and HVAC systems are put in place. Finishing touches like painting, flooring installation, and fixture placement bring your vision to life, and are typically the final steps of the construction phase.
After all the hard work is done, it’s time for clean-up. This step is too often overlooked but is essential before being able to enjoy your newly remodeled home.
Hire professionals for post-construction cleaning. They’ll make sure no debris or dust is left behind. Be certain that everything works as it should — check all appliances, fixtures, outlets, and other features for completion and function.
Whole Home Remodeling with Meridian DesignBuild
Planning and preparation are key to an efficient home remodeling project. From determining the scope of your remodel to maintaining your newly renovated space, each step plays a crucial role in creating your dream home.
At Meridian DesignBuild, we understand how exciting and intimidating whole home remodeling can be. That’s why we’re here to guide you through every step of the process so that all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your new space.
Remember, remodeling is about more than increasing your property’s value; it’s also about creating a space that truly feels like home and enhances your lifestyle. So go ahead and start planning your dream home today — and contact Meridian DesignBuild to make sure it’s done right.